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NATIONAL
April 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A plan to pump billions of gallons of groundwater from a rural valley to Las Vegas was cut to less than half the requested amount by the state's water engineer. An order issued by state engineer Tracy Taylor says the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which requested about 91,000 acre-feet of water yearly from Spring Valley, can pump 40,000 acre-feet of water per year for 10 years.
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TRAVEL
April 8, 2007 | David Surratt, Special to The Times
NO one's ever had trouble finding a functional drinking establishment off-Strip in Las Vegas; dives are tucked everywhere east and west of the mega-wattage main drag. What's harder is finding a place that's not a den of sallow-eyed souls staring into video poker screens like sloshed air traffic controllers. For anyone wanting something more, bars in Vegas are a bad-odds gamble, typically as tired and cliched as they are desperate.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer and self-proclaimed "happiest mayor in the world," breezed to a third term as mayor of Las Vegas. The Democrat won 84% of Tuesday's vote with all precincts reporting, easily avoiding a June runoff. Since he was first elected in 1999, Goodman has cultivated a popular, irreverent persona. He travels with a pair of showgirls and endorses Bombay Sapphire gin. He made headlines this year for teaching a class on martini making at a community college.
TRAVEL
April 1, 2007 | Dan Neil, Times Staff Writer
AMERICA'S Fantasy Island in the desert, Las Vegas specializes in the once-in-a-lifetime thrills of the internal-combustion variety. When the river, the turn and the flop no longer hold your interest, here's a list of wheel-based giggles. SPEEDWAY CASINO Billed as America's only "racing-themed casino," this desperate and sketchy little casino is a few minutes south of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Hilton Hotels Corp., the second-largest U.S. hotel company, said it would build a time-share property outside of Las Vegas that would include its first units under the Waldorf-Astoria brand. The project, which is scheduled to open in 2009, also will include 200 Hilton-branded units at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, Nev., the company said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
A 4-year-old boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his mother in Altadena and taken to Las Vegas after she and another woman fatally shot his uncle was found unharmed Tuesday. Vanessa Ochoa, 22, the boy's mother, and Mesha Arshaz Dean, 25, a companion, were found with Ochoa's son, Manaen Miles, in a car driven by an unidentified man about 12:30 p.m., said Las Vegas Metro Police Det. Jose Montoya. The two women were arrested on suspicion of killing Monroe Miles Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2007 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
A few blocks from the home I moved into last month is a synagogue. This is certainly not surprising, as Las Vegas has one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the U.S. But a little over a decade ago, the area I am living in now was empty desert. So how, among the cloistered, gated subdivisions, did a synagogue appear between my house and the nearest gas station?
TRAVEL
March 4, 2007 | Benedetta Pignatelli, Special to The Times
THE journey to the Qua Baths & Spa, in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace, is a quick lesson in Las Vegas' brand of Baroque. First you ascend the 44 steps of the grand staircase, and then you follow a long hallway lined with marble and Aubusson rugs, black and gilded chandeliers in blossom, past two wedding chapels and the illustrious Restaurant Guy Savoy. Only trumpeters issuing a fanfare would make the experience more complete.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2007 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
When hundreds of architects descended on Las Vegas two years ago for their annual convention, organizers scanned the Strip for tour ideas and rolled snake eyes. The pyramid? The faux Eiffel Tower? Not exactly paragons of high design. Out of desperation, organizers chartered buses to cart the group to Death Valley and the Nevada Test Site at Yucca Mountain.
TRAVEL
February 25, 2007 | Marc Cooper, Special to The Times
JUST inside the Flamingo casino a few steps off the Strip, a trio of pink-felted $5 blackjack tables attracts a raucous crowd of enthusiastic players. Booze flows freely, and the piped-in music rocks. As the dealers snap and slap cards out of the plastic table shoes, the players' chip stacks accordion up -- and mostly down. Losing in Vegas is often considered par for the course, but it's happening at the blackjack tables at an accelerating rate. And it's easy enough to see why.
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